You Can Actually Visit the Mazda Factory in Japan
Calling all car enthusiasts!
Mazda Hofu Factory
888-1, Oaza-Nishinoura, Hofu-shi, Yamaguchi
Open from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Japan has long been in the business of manufacturing cars, so it’s only fitting that this is also where you can take a factory tour of one of the most well-loved brands internationally. Located in Yamaguchi, the Mazda Hofu Factory, one of Mazda Motor Corporation’s main factories, is open for tourists as long as reservations are made in advance. This is where the company manufactures automobiles such as the CX-5 and where you can check out some of Mazda’s trademark technology.
The Mazda Hofu Factory is divided into the Nishinoura district and
Annually, 1.14 million SKYACTIV engines and transmissions used for Mazda’s SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY are manufactured at the
Restricted Area 1 Press Work Section
A special tour allows you access to two restricted areas in the factory. The first is the press work section where Mazda creates KODO -Soul of Motion-, a design that is said to be responsible for making you feel the throb of life. The noticeable technology here is Mazda’s unique simultaneous processing technology of pressed parts. The introduction of a large transfer press machine enabled efficiency on manufacturing multiple press work.
Restricted Area 2 Paint Processing Area
The second area is the paint processing area. Along with the KODO design, a deep and beautiful Soul Red Crystal Metallic is recognized as Mazda’s signature. They have succeeded in applying the body color from their concept car to mass production automobiles at the paint processing area. The beautiful Soul Red Crystal Metallic is made by over-glazing slightly different reds above the silver base.
Furthermore, their proprietary technology called 3WetOn Coating allows them to omit the process of bake coating. This curtails the time that it would normally take for the coating process to finish. The most impressive point in the coating processing area is that the production line enables color coating on every vehicle model in a single production line. This doesn’t just reduce the cost of production, but also improves operational efficiency.
The processing areas that we introduced in this article are not open to the public unless on special occasions, but certain sections of Nishinoura district are accessible to everyone. The factory is open on weekdays from 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for 90 minutes each. They have 10,000 people visiting the factory every year, and 552,000 people who have visited the factory so far. The tour is available from one person, and tourists should make a reservation via phone from six months to two weeks before the planned visit date.
Provided by Tokyo Walker™, Japan Walker™, and Walkerplus™ (2 April 2018)